Surveying Hunsdon Meads © Charlotte Hussey

With protocols in place, our staff team and small groups of volunteers will soon be returning to areas of work on our nature reserves and in the wider countryside. We are contacting our volunteers directly as restrictions ease and opportunities become available. We will need a couple of weeks to make these arrangements, so please wait for us to contact you.

The majority of volunteer recruitment is on hold. Those roles that are still being promoted can be found here

Please find the latest Covid-19 updates from the Trust here.

Volunteering is a great way to support us. You could help us on a nature reserve, get hands-on at one of our events or work in the office.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Trust's work. With your support, we can significantly increase the amount we achieve for nature conservation. Have a look through our current volunteering opportunities - there's lots going on!

Volunteering FAQs

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteering can be fun, good for your health and a great way of meeting new people. You can share and learn new skills, gain work experience and training opportunities and of course the local environment and wildlife will benefit from your contribution.

Where can I volunteer?

We have many volunteer opportunities all over the county; you can volunteer on our reserves year-round, during the summer we need help from event volunteers, and sometimes we have opportunities for volunteers to help with surveying or at our offices in St Albans.

Will I require transport?

You will need to be able to make your own way to meeting points which can be one of the reserves, at our office or tool store in St Albans, or at local community events.

Are there any age restrictions?

Our insurance dictates various restrictions for volunteers. Children aged between 11 and 16 can volunteer but must be accompanied by an adult, and we will need parental consent from anyone aged 16 or 17. We do, however, have many events throughout the summer months which are open to participation from all age groups.

Do you offer DofE or work placements?

We're afraid that we are not currently offering Duke of Edinburgh activities or work experience.

Do I need to be a member to volunteer?

No, we welcome non-members. You can also support us by joining as a member though.

Do you have weekend volunteering opportunities?

Yes, we have weekend work parties at many of our reserves, particularly from September to March, and regular events in the community throughout the summer months. Although most of our volunteering opportunities take place during the week.

What skills or experience do I need?

Many of our volunteer roles do not require any experience or specialist skills. We provide volunteer inductions & training for all our volunteer roles. Some roles require specialist knowledge or experience, this will be stated in the role profiles.

Do you take on trainee placements?

We have an annual training scheme, offering one or two placements each year. Vacancies for this will be displayed periodically; keep an eye on our website.

How much time will I have to give?

We have a range of volunteer roles that take up different amounts of time. See the role profiles we have available to find out how much time each role normally involves and choose the one that suits you best.

Can I claim expenses?

Our volunteers do not receive any payment or payment in kind for their work, but we do, in many cases, reimburse reasonable, pre-agreed, out-of-pocket expenses.

Get in touch!

Got a different question? Email us at volunteering@hmwt.org

Practical Work Parties

Practical volunteering © Charlotte Hussey

Practical work party volunteers help us to care for our nature reserves, doing tasks like cutting and raking grasslands, woodland coppicing, reedbed management and cutting back scrub.  

While most volunteer activities remain suspended, we have started a phased return to limited outdoor tasks for small groups where we can. We are contacting our volunteers directly as restrictions ease and opportunities become available. We will need a couple of weeks to make these arrangements, so please wait for us to contact you.

Please note, these work parties are for individuals and not for corporate team building days. More information on our wildlife work parties for corporates and how you can book one can be found here

Other Conservation Opportunities

Herdwick sheep at Aldbury Nowers (c) Laura Baker

Apart from Conservation Work Party volunteers, we are often recruiting for other conservation volunteer positions, including but not limited to livestock checkers and volunteer nature reserve wardens, on a permanent or semi-permanent basis. You can find all those listed below:

No specific roles are currently advertised.

Community Engagement, Office Support and other opportunities

Volunteers at Festival of Wildlife © Charlotte Hussey

Community Engagement Volunteers help us to deliver a varied programme of wildlife events across Hertfordshire and Middlesex to give more people access to and an understanding of the nature around them and to inspire more people to care for their local wildlife.

Events include running guided walks, wildlife workshops, children's activities, giving talks to community groups on topics such as wildlife gardening, community fundraising and helping out at community events. We also need help with a variety of tasks at larger-scale events such as the Festival of Wildlife and Apple Day. 

Find out more about the role and apply:

No specific roles are currently advertised

Other skills

If you have any of the following skills which you'd be happy to use to support our work, we'd love to hear from you:

  • Legal
  • GIS
  • Photography

Get in touch

Corporate volunteering

Nestle Waters Working for Wildlife Day (c) Steve Pearcy Photography

A great opportunity for your next business away day! Your staff will experience hands-on what it means to protect local wildlife, whilst team building and learning new skills in an inspiring setting.

Taking part in a Working For Wildlife Day with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust is a fantastic way to do your bit for local wildlife and give something back to the community.

The activity can be part of an ongoing partnership with the Trust, or as a one-off event.

Find out more here